Thursday, March 17, 2011

"This Sunday on '60 Minutes'"

On his second St Patrick's Day in New York -- and first as chief of the Stateside bench -- the Man from Gotham looked to be enjoying himself as the 250th Parade wended past his Fifth Avenue base through the afternoon.

Hours after releasing his second pastoral letter as head of the nation's second-largest local church, though, word came that -- a month after it was originally slated to air -- Tim Dolan's most prominent turn to date in the national spotlight will come Sunday night, as CBS News' 60 Minutes runs the archbishop's interview with Morley Safer, requested by the show following Dolan's historic November election as USCCB president.

Alongside announcing this week's lineup for the Sunday-prime institution, Black Rock issued the following teaser-clip...

...and some added text:
Asked if he feared the impact of the [clergy sex-abuse] scandal would go on forever, Dolan replies, "In some ways, I don't want it to be over, because...this was such a crisis in the Catholic Church that in a way, we don't want to get over it too easily," he tells Safer. "This needs to haunt us."...

The archbishop was tasked with airing out the child sex abuse scandal in Milwaukee, where he replaced an archbishop who stepped down over his own sex scandal. Dolan published the names of 43 abusive priests. He recalls the times he spent with victims and their families.

"Those were some of the more difficult, wrenching, touching moments in my life," he tells Safer. "Some of them were terribly painful and did not go well. Others I remember with gratitude. Praying together, crying together," he says, "Those were very powerful moments that you don't forget."
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